DAF 46 rear brake adjustment Jun 1, 2020 16:23:58 GMT
Post by dafix on Jun 1, 2020 16:23:58 GMT
I have just adjusted the parking brake of my DAF 46 (it was quite loose). As my maintenance manual is not extremely accurate on the topic and I am not a skilled mechanic, here is the procedure I used after some try-and-errors (if someone is interrested0:
- Pull the rubber sleeve of the brake lever forward (toward the release button) to have access to the screw and the nuts, attach the sleeve to the lever with a rubber band.
- Jack up the rear of the car (using as jacking point the center of the tube of the de Dion axle).
- From the fully released position, lift the lever by 5 notches.
- Tip over the driver seat (as for getting access to the backseat) to have better access to the nuts.
- Loosen the lock nut with a 10-mm spanner/wrench ("clé anglaise" in french ) while holding the adjusting nut (below the lock nut) with a spanner/wrench of the same size. This may not be easy as the standard tools are a bit too thick to hold both nuts separately. Spraying WD-40 on the screw a day before may also help.
- Plunge a flat screwdriver through the hole at the top of the lever to hold the screw (insert the screwdriver in the slot at the top of the screw).
- While holding the screwdriver, turn the adjusting nut clockwise. Check that the rear wheels cannot be turned by hand. Repeat until it's done.
- Tighten the lock nut.
- Put back the sleeve, jack down the car.
Here is what the lever looks like during the adjustment (bad picture quality but I hope it may help):
Now, I have felt that the brake is stronger on the left side that on the right side. I already noticed when I drive that if I brake firmly, my DAF 46 tends to drift to the left side. I still have to adjust the front wheel parallelism to have the toe-in within the specs, but I think I will have anyway to adjust the balance of the rear brakes. My manual specifies there are brake "adjusters" to be tuned using a "special tool 267066" but I have no idea how these adjusters and this tool look like. A picture showing them would be welcome.